Fine Art - BA (Hons) Degree (part-time course)

Course Code: HE0095-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2021 Duration: 5 years

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This is the part-time version of the BA degree in Fine Art

  • Full-time course length: 3 years
  • Part-time (2 days per week) course length: 5 years

This course provides a stimulating creative environment where students can develop their own studio practice as professional artists.

Key features

  • Supportive, challenging, creative environment
  • Staff are practising artists
  • Good progression to employment
  • Excellent studios and facilities such as printmaking, life room, 3D crafts workshop, ceramics studio and darkrooms
  • On-site and public exhibiting opportunities

The work of Fine Art student Kat Swan has been chosen to be featured in this year's online blog version of the annual Kellie Miller Arts Awards.

Course requirements

Portfolio and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

During the first part of the course, students explore the range of specialist areas through practical workshops and inductions. For the rest of the course, students may specialise in painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, or use a range of approaches to fine art without specialising in one area. 

The course includes workshops, crits and seminars, where students of all specialist areas meet to discuss their work and exchange ideas.

Through talks, discussions, gallery visits and their own research, students develop an awareness of the historical and contemporary context of fine art and the ability to critically evaluate their work and that of their contemporaries.

Throughout the course, students develop their professional practice as artists and have exhibitions both in college and in public spaces, as well as taking part in other external projects.

Course units

  • Introducing fine art
  • Developing visual research
  • Theory and practice
  • Fine art opportunities
  • Thematic project
  • Exploratory and interdisciplinary practice
  • Critical perspectives
  • Confirmatory project
  • Potential prospects
  • Minor project
  • Major project and degree show
  • Analytical investigation
  • Self promotion

Potential careers

  • Practising fine artist
  • Gallery or museum curator or arts administrator
  • Teacher training
  • Community artist
  • MA fine art student
  • Photographer, video or website producer


Some of our alumni stories

Fine Art alumna Claire Phillips has made her name as a portrait artist with reviews in the national press. Claire achieved acclaim for her portraits of American death-row inmates who were claiming miscarriage of justice, and she later travelled to India to capture the faces of child labour.

Alumna Genevieve Reed-Allen won first prize in the Oxmarket Stride Open Art competition.

Graduate Lauren McGregor won first prize in the Kellie Miller Arts Awards and exhibited at the Kellie Miller Arts gallery.

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